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ka'lenatiki
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Joined: Nov 13, 2009
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From: redding ca.
Posted: 2010-10-31 1:07 pm   Permalink

I've been looking at this mask for a while now and the shops owner is looking to make a deal for a regular. So far finding info on-line is like looking for a needle in a haystack. So I'm hoping some one on TC can help narrow down the search. Red paint on the face and a dark stain/paint on the forehead.




 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-10-31 1:17 pm   Permalink

That's African Modern.

 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2010-10-31 1:18 pm   Permalink

My first impression is African...
Unless it's from New Hebrides or New Calcedonia or some lesser known exotic locale off the beaten tourist path.

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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-10-31 1:58 pm   Permalink

Beat you by one minute, Buzzer

 
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ka'lenatiki
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Joined: Nov 13, 2009
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From: redding ca.
Posted: 2010-10-31 3:09 pm   Permalink

Bigbrotiki, buzzy.. Thank you for the insight! My first thought was possibly African which is why it's still there. The tag had most of the info on it " tribal mask from??"
It did remind me of the one on pg35 of Tiki Modern when I first saw it. I may still pick it up just for being a interesting piece.

[ This Message was edited by: ka'lenatiki 2010-10-31 15:10 ]


 
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Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 3092
From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2010-10-31 3:16 pm   Permalink

It looks like an interpretation of an African Fang mask which if I recall correctly is the inspiration for Tiki Bob:



http://www.masksoftheworld.com/Africa/African%20Fang%20Mask%202.htm











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Grand Kahu
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Joined: Jul 31, 2006
Posts: 180
From: Dallas, TX
Posted: 2010-10-31 4:23 pm   Permalink

It's African.

But why would not this be the inspiration for Tiki Bob, which is a New Guinea drum....



LA County Museum of Art Collection


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Hakalugi
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2010-10-31 6:48 pm   Permalink

You might very well be right. The shape of the drum/mug and the smile (and more) are a match!

I think it was simplicity of the Fang design that drew the original comparison.

Here's another Fang mask:




 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-10-31 10:09 pm   Permalink

Alec Yuill Thornton first drew the Tiki Bob character for the menu:



Then the mug was sculpted from that simple, modernist rendering. Is that a rendering of a Papua New Guinea drum?


 
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